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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Studying Snowflakes

We went home early from school but we had time to study snowflakes with our magnifying glasses and black paper!  We took the paper back to the room and studied what happened!  We were amazed!

Black paper in classroom with melting snowflakes!
Before we went back to the room, we tried to catch snowflakes on out tongues!  They landed everywhere!
How many can I catch?

Magical Snowflakes Falling!

Check out BookFlix to read about snowflakes!  You can sign on with your library card!
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Read about Snowflake Bently by clicking on the picture!

Science Failure

We studied ice.  We used all of our 5 sense to explore ice cubes.

We used a magnifying glass to help us see better!
We tasted the cold ice cube!
We wrote about what we saw, tasted, felt, and smelled!

We decided to try an experiment to see how ling a container of ice would take to freeze outside on these cold days!  our science question:  How long does it take water to freeze?

We put the water outside with a thermometer.  We recorded what we saw each hour and wrote our observations.  We really thought it would freeze overnight.
The water never froze and the temperature went above freezing.  We then wondered why it freezes in the freezer!  One student decided that maybe the air in the freezer was colder than the outside air.  We put a thermometer in the freezer in the teacher's lounge and found that the temperature was 14 degrees.  We decided that it needs to be really cold to freeze water in one day.  Click here to do a related water experiment.

Epic science failure resulted in great questions and observations!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

High Frequency Words

Learning to quickly read words seen in books is an important skill for beginning readers.  High frequency words are 100 words that make up 50% of the words we read.  It will make the child a faster and more fluent reader.  Click here to get Flash Cards!

In kindergarten, we have 50 words to be learned quickly. Here is a copy of the words to practice.  Click on the picture to get the words free.


Our school uses PBIS to teach rules and expectations. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. We had an assembly to celebrate making good choices in school.  The STAR kindergarten students from each grade raced to dress me like a snowman against the STAR students from the other grades.  It was so fun!!!

Our STAR students raced to stack chairs and sort recyclables because we are working on earning the GOLDEN DUSTER!  The class that keeps their room clean for the entire week earns the duster!
I hope it will be our class!  We stack chairs, take out the trash, put all supplies back on the shelves.  We are even doing a great job of helping others!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Snowy Day

We read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. There  are great activities Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for this story. Be sure to check it ou!

We practiced writing a title and talked about the capital letters in a title.

Each student drew a picture of what Peter and his friend would do together, then shared the drawing and thoughts.
They had a snowball fight!

They built a snowman.

They built two snowmen!
Sharing makes it so meaningful! Check out other snowmen activities at Snowmen Segmenting. There is even a free resource there!

I hope you have a magical time each day in your classroom!